At Plastic Surgery Associates, we offer customizable chin and cheek implants for men and women in the Marin County, Sonoma, and Napa-areas. Using custom-shaped silicone implants, the look of the cheeks and chin can be enhanced for a more proportional, attractive look. In some cases, the patient’s own fatty tissue can be harvested, then placed along the chin, jawline, or across the cheeks to create natural-looking volume and shape. The aesthetic improvements from these state-of-the-art techniques are long-lasting and hold little chance for complications.
Facial Implants in Santa Rosa and Novato
Humans perceive beauty in terms of balance. When facial features, such as the chin, cheeks, and nose are in harmony, we are naturally geared to see that person as attractive. Unfortunately, many people are not born with high cheek bones, a defined jawline, or a symmetrical nose. Plastic Surgery Associates can help to create facial balance through the use of innovative facial implants. Both men and women can experience increasingly defined facial contours and a more proportional aesthetic appearance.
- Can correct facial asymmetry
- Will create a defined chin or jawline
- Are often utilized to enhance the cheekbones for a youthful appearance
- Provide safe, long-lasting results
- Can be used in conjunction with additional techniques, like a facelift or rhinoplasty
Silicone implants are an effective option for most patients looking to improve their facial proportions or symmetry. Implants can create more structured, stronger features, improving a weak chin or recessive jaw. By enhancing the volume of facial features that becomes depleted with age, implants can restore a youthful appearance. Additionally, implants provide an exciting option for improving aesthetic issues related to congenital conditions or genetics.
The Ideal Candidate for Facial Implants
Potential candidates for facial implants should be in generally good health, understand the surgical procedure, and hold realistic expectations for the final results. Dr. Francisco Canales and Dr. Heather Furnas are two of the top, board certified plastic surgeons in Sonoma and Marin County. For close to three decades, they have consistently brought area-patients the most sought after facial rejuvenation procedures, often with the placement of silicone implants. Beginning with a confidential consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will determine if facial implants are the right technique to achieve the desired aesthetic results.
The Facial Implant Procedure
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will perform their facial implant procedure in their accredited surgical center, using general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia. Depending on the individual patient and the intended technique, most procedures take from one to two hours to perform. As outpatient surgery, patients are back at home the same afternoon.
The doctors will begin by making a small, well-concealed incision along a predetermined area. This can be within the mouth for a chin, jaw, or cheek implant. Additional locations may include under the chin or within the hairline. Once the proper incisions have been made, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will meticulously position the implant, ensuring the ideal facial contours are achieved. In many cases, the implant may require a small screw, anchoring it into position. Once the implants are successfully in place, several small sutures will close the incision.
Facial Implants Versus Facial Fat Transfer
Facial implants are made from a firm, medical-grade silicone material. Some implants will be screwed into place, thus preventing shifting. Other implants are porous, allowing it to attach to the existing tissues. The right shape and type of facial implant will depend on the individual patient and the extent of correction desired.
In some cases, patients will have the option of using a facial fat transfer to sculpt their features. Instead of placing a silicone implant, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will remove fatty tissue from a donor area, such as the abdomen or thighs. This fat is then placed into a special centrifuge, separating the fat cells, which are then injected into the target area. These living cells adhere to the existing tissue, providing long-lasting and natural-looking results. Although the facial fat transfer is extremely safe, with no chance for rejection or allergic reaction, not every patient will be a good candidate. Adequate donor fat must be available to achieve the desired results. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will review all of the cheek and chin augmentation options during your confidential consultation.
Recovery and Results from Facial Implants
Immediately after surgery, patients may experience bruising, swelling, and mild to moderate discomfort. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will provide the necessary medications for a comfortable recovery. Most people are feeling well enough to return to work and routine activities in one to two weeks. However, strenuous activities should be postponed for four to six weeks, giving the implant time to fully heal. While the results are often noticeable right away, the final aesthetic benefits of a facial implant cannot be fully appreciated for several weeks, until all swelling has resolved.
Facial implants provide safe results with little chance for serious complications. However, all surgical procedures do hold some risk for post-op issues, such as unexpected bleeding, infection, and scarring. Additionally, with facial implants, there is a small chance for nerve damage, implant rejection, or the migration (moving) of the implant. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas are board certified plastic surgeons, with decades of facial implant experience. The surgeons will ensure every step is taken to avoid post-op complications.
The Facial Implants You Deserve
The best way to determine if a facial implant is right for you will be through a personalized consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates. Dr. Heather Furnas and Dr. Francisco Canales will carefully examine your facial tissues, then carefully explain their recommended techniques, ensuring an informed facial implant decision. Call the Santa Rosa office at 707.537.2111 or the Novato office at 45.895.5032 to schedule your facial implant consultation today. Plastic Surgery Associates offers online consultations, as well, for those coming from outside of the immediate area.
Facial Implants FAQ
What are facial implants?
Facial implants are small, molded pieces of silicone, placed under the skin to shape and sculpt the facial features. These implants can be used to add volume to the jaw, chin, or cheekbones, creating an aesthetically pleasing, proportionate appearance.
How long will facial implants last?
Facial implants are made to be a long-lasting part of the appearance. They can safely remain in place for years to come. However, Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales have the ability to remove implants through an additional surgical procedure, should patients change their mind or complications arise.
Can facial implants be used in conjunction with other procedures?
Yes, a facial implant can be combined with a variety of additional cosmetic surgery procedures, including a facelift or rhinoplasty. Combining two or more techniques gives patients a chance for optimal facial rejuvenation.
What does the option of a facial fat transfer consist of?
A facial fat transfer involves harvesting fatty tissue from elsewhere on the body, which is then processed and reinjected into the targeted areas of the face. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas can use the fatty tissue to sculpt and contour the features, providing natural-looking results without a silicone implant. The best technique for your individual situation will be determined during the consultation.
What are the potential complications associated with facial implants?
Today’s facial implants are considered extremely safe. As with all plastic surgery procedures, there is a slight risk for infection, bleeding, scarring, and nerve damage. Although rare, patients may also experience complications such as implant rejection or movement.
Facial Implants at a Glance
|Purpose||Implants enhance the shape of the facial features, improving the balance of the chin, jaw, and cheeks.|
|Procedure:||The facial implant procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia. Depending on the desired results, incisions for facial implants are made inside of the mouth, below the chin, or within the hairline.|
|Recovery:||Swelling, bruising, and tenderness can be expected the first several days after surgery, although these will quickly resolve. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work in seven to fourteen days.|
|Results:||Facial implants bring symmetry and balance to the features, building a stronger or higher chin and more youthful looking cheeks.|
|Related Procedures:||Rhinoplasty Facelift|